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MINUTES 

OF THE ^ 



ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIFTH SESSION 



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HELD AT LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA 



RICHMOND: 



1857. 




LIBRHRY 



OF THE 



LlHiversity of North Carolina, 

Endowed by the Dialectic and Philan- 
thropic Societies. 





MINUTES 



OF THE 



ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIFTH SESSION 



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HELD AT LEXINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. 



JKiUMMUJNiJ: 
CHAS. H. WYNNE, PRINTER. 

1857. 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIFTH SESSION 
( or 

ORANGE PRESBYTERY. 



Lexington, North Carolina, 1 
Octoher mh, 1857. J 

Presbytery met according to adjournment, and was opened 
with a sermon from 2d Sam. 23d chapter, 5th verse, by Rev. A. 
G. Hughes, the last Moderator present. 

Constituted with prayer. 

Present : Thomas Lynch, William N. Mebane, E. Hines, J. 
Doll, A. G. Hughes, S. A. Stanfield, T. U. Faucette, C. K. 
Caldwell, J. M. Sherwood, J. J. Smyth, J. M. Atkinson, and J. 
I. Boozer, Ministers. 

With Messrs. H. Scott, J. L. Woods, D. Craig, Hon. F. Nash, 
J. Yanderyeer, Dr. D. C. Mebane, J. Wilson, and Dr. Charles 
L. Payne. 

Absent: Revs. J. H. Pickard, E. W. Caruthers, D.D., A. 
Wilson, D.D., Robert Burwell, Geo. W. Ferrill, Thomas R. 
Owen, James Phillips, D. D., E. C. Bittinger, A. Currie, N. Z. 
Graves, F. N. Whaley, T. G. Wall, John M. Kirkpatrick, and 
John W. Montgomery. 

Rev. Joseph M. Atkinson was chosen Moderator, and Rev. 
Messrs. T. U. Faucette and John M. Sherwood, Temporary 
Clerks. 

Presbytery then adjourned until to-morrow morning at nine 
o'clock. 

Closed with prayer. * 



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Saturday Morning^ Oct. 17th, 1857. 

Presbytery met according to adjournment, and was opened 
with prayer. 

The absentees from the last meeting of Presbytery, who were 
present, rendered satisfactory reasons for absence. 

A call was presented from the Milton Church, for the pastoral 
services of Rev. S. A. Stanfield, for all his time except one Sab- 
bath in each month. 

A communication was also received from the Spring Hill 
Church, signifying their acquiescence in the request for a trans- 
fer of the pastoral relation of Rev. S. A. Stanfield from their 
Church to the Church of Milton. Whereupon, Presbytery pro- 
ceeded to dissolve the pastoral relation between Rev. S. A. Stan- 
field and Spring Hill Church, and to place in his hands the call 
from the Church in Milton, and Rev. E. Hines was directed to 
declare the Church of Spring Hill vacant. 

Rev. S. A. Stanfield signified his acceptance of the call from 
the Church of Milton. 

Permission was granted to Red House Church to employ Rev. 
S. A. Stanfield as stated supply for one Sabbath in each month, 
on a salary of one hundred and fifty dollars a year. 

Rev. F. N. Whaley and Mr. Freeman Leathe, a ruling Elder 
from Stony Creek Church, appeared in Presbytery, gave satis- 
factory reasons for tardiness, and took their seats. 

Rev. J. J. Smyth and Dr. Charles L. Payne were appointed a 
Committee on Devotional Exercises. 

Dr. D. C. Mebane was appointed Treasurer pro tempore. 

The following pieces were assigned as parts of trial to Mr. 
Charles Phillips : 

For a Latin Exegesis — " An Christus, ut pro nobis satisfaceret, 
debu^rit esse verus Deus ? " 
Critical Exercise — Acts vii. 54-60. 
Lecture — 1 Peter, i. 1-5. 
Popular Sermon — 2 Cor. v. 14, 15. 

The stated Clerk was ordered to forward a letter of dismission 
to Mr. Henry Hardie, a licentiate of this Presbytery, to place 
himself under the care of the Presbytery of AVinchester. 



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The request of Mr. Jolm P. Neal, to have his name stricken 
from the roll of candidates, was referred to a committee consist- 
ing of Messrs. Hines and Mebane. 

This committee made the following report, which was accepted 
and adopted : 

Whereas, a communication has been received from Mr. J. P. Neale, 
asking Presbytery to strike his name from its roll of candidates, in con- 
sequence of the threatened state of his health, your Committee would 
recommend the adoption of the following resolutions, viz : 

1. Resolved, That the request be not granted for the present. 

2. Resolved, That Mr. Neale have liberty to suspend his studies until 
God, in his providence, shall see fit to make his way clear to resume 
them. 

3. Resolved, That Mr. Neal be assured of the Christian sympathy of 
the members of this Presbytery in his affliction. 

The report of the Committee of Domestic Missions was made 
the order of the day for Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock. 

Presbytery then spent an hour in devotional exercises. 

Judge Nash and Mr. J. Wilson obtained leave of absence from 
the remaining sessions of Presbytery. 

Inquiry was then made as to the observance of the 3d chapter 
of the Directory for Public Worship, and the Ministers present 
reported that they had attended to the duty enjoined. 

Supplies appointed at the last meeting of Presbytery were 
called upon to make their reports. 

Revs. A. Currie and J. W. Montgomery appeared in Presby- 
tery, and gave satisfactory reasons for tardiness. 

Eev. B. M. Smith, D. D., of Union Theological Seminary, 
being present, was invited to sit as a corresponding member. 

Dr. Smith was invited to address the Presbytery on the inter- 
ests of the Seminary immediately after preaching to night. 

Rev. F. N. Whaley and Dr. D. C. Mebane were appointed a 
Committee on the Minutes of the General Assembly. 

Revs. Messrs. Atkinson, Currie, Sherwood and Hughes, with 
Hon. A. W. Venable, Dr. C. L. Payne, Dr. J. Z. Davis, Mr. 
Stephen Neal and Jesse H. Lindsay, Esq., were nominated as 
commissioners to the next General Assembly. 

The Committee, to which was referred the subject of Standing 



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Committees on Examination of Candidates, made the following 
report, which was accepted and adopted : 

*^The Committee to which was referred the subject of Standing Com- 
mittees of Examination, recommend to Presbytery the adoption of the 
following as a substitute for the paper on the same subject, adopted at 
Bethesda, Nov. 6th, 1856. (See llec. 173 sess.) 

The Presbytery of Orange, while holding that the first and best qual- 
ification for the holy Ministry is deep and ardent piety, is at this time 
fully convinced that ^^it is highly reproachful to religion and dangerous 
to the Church to intrust the holy ministry to weak and ignorant men." 
Form of Government, xiv. 4, and that it is becoming every year more 
vitally important that the literary and scientific qualifications of minis- 
ters should be of a high grade. In order, therefore, that our candidates 
may know our views, and be made acquainted with the branches upon 
which they may expect to be examined, the following resolutions are 
ordered to be put on record among the standing rules of Presbytery : 

1. That our candidates will be examined upon Geography, (Ancient 
and Modern); General History; the Latin, Greek and Hebrew Lan- 
guages; the elements of the Physical Sciences, viz: Astronomy, 
Geology, &c. ; Mental Philosophy, Moral Science and Logic, and that 
these examinations be conducted by committees, who shall report to 
Presbytery. 

2. That the examinations on Theology, Natural and Revealed, on 
Ecclesiastical History, the Sacraments and Church Government, be 
conducted by Standing Committees in open Presbytery ; each member 
of Presbytery to exercise his right of asking what questions he pleases, 
after the Committee have concluded. 

3. That the Standing Committees for examination be as follows, 
provided that the Moderator for the time being be empowered to fill all 
vacancies on the second day of Presbytery, and to appoint one Ruling 
on each Committee. 

1. On Geography and History — A. G. Hughes, F. N. Whaley and 

George W. Ferrill. 

2. Latin, Latin Exegesis and Critical Exercises — A. Wilson, D. D., 

Wm. N. Mebane and T. U. Faucette. 

3. Greek, Hebrew and Logic — S. A. Stanfield, J. M. Kirkpatrick and 

Joseph M. Atkinson. 

4. Physical Sciences— J. Phillips, D. D., T. G. Wall and William N. 

Mebane. 



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5. Mental and Moral Science — J. M. Sherwood, S. A. Stanfield and 

Thomas R. Owen. 

6. Theology, Natural and Revealed — J. J. Smith, J. Doll and C. K. 

Caldwell. 

7. Ecclesiastical History — J. M. Atkinson, E. Hines and Thomas 

Lynch. 

8. Church Government and Sacraments — E. W. Caruthers, D. D., 

A. Currie and J. W. Montgomery. 

The following Ruling Elders were appointed to serve during 
the present sessions of Presbytery on the above named Com- 
mittees, viz : On the 1st Committee, H. Scott ; 2d, J. L. 
Woods; 3d, D. Craig; 4th, Hon. F. Nash; 5th, J. Vanderveer; 
6th, Dr. D. C. Mebane ; 7th, John Wilson ; 8th, Dr. Charles L. 
Payne. 

Resolved, 1 — That the Churches under the care of the Orange Pres- 
bytery be instructed, in accordance with Chapter 22d, Article 3d, Form 
of Government, to make provisions for defraying the expenses of their 
delegates to the meetings of Presbytery and Synod. 

Resolved, 2d — That each Pastor and stated supply be instructed to 
bring this subject to the notice of his session or congregation. 

Resolved, 3d — That each Church be called upon at the Spring 
Session of Presbytery regarding its compliance with the above reso- 
lution. 

Rev. S. A. Stanfield and Mr. J. Vanderveer were appointed a 
Committee to prepare a narrative of the state of religion for 
the Synod of North Carolina. 

The Stated Clerk reported that he had written, as directed at 
the last meeting of Presbytery, to Rev. Charles Hodge, D. D., 
respecting the Female Scholarship in Princeton Seminary, and 
read a letter that he had received in reply. This letter of Dr. 
Hodge was deemed satisfactory. 

Resolved, That the next regular meeting of Presbytery be held at 
Washington, N. C, to commence on Wednesday, the 21st day of April, 
1858, at 7 o'clock, P. M. 

[ Note. — The place was subsequently changed to Hawfields. See 
proceedings at Charlotte, N. C, Oct. 22d, 1857.] 



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Messrs. Mebane, Stanfield and Nash were appointed to pre- 
pare a minute on the death of the late Rev. E. Mitchell, D. D. 

Resolved, That the next annual collection in our Churches for 
Church extension be appropriated for the completion of the Church 
building in Graham. 

After preaching, Rev. B. M. Smith, D. D., addressed the 
Presbytery, according to previous appointment. 

The examination of candidates was made the order of the day 
for Monday morning. 

Presbytery then adjourned until Monday, at 9 o'clock, A. M. 

Closed with prayer. 



Monday Morning^ Octoher l^th, 1857. 

Presbytery met, according to adjournment, and was opened 
with prayer. 

The order of the day was suspended until 9J o'clock, A. M. 

Rev. S. A. Stanfield, with Rev. F. N. Whaley, alternate, was 
appointed to preach the next semi-annual sermon before the 
Presbytery, on " The relation of Baptized Children to the 
Church." 

The order of the day was then taken up, and the examination 
of Messrs. Russell and Jordan on Natural and Revealed The- 
ology was sustained as part of trial. 

The Committee on Greek, Hebrew and Logic recommended 
that the examination of Mr. Jordan on Hebrew, and Mr. Rus- 
sell on Greek, Hebrew and Logic, and Mr. Denny on Hebrew, 
be sustained, which report was accepted and adopted. 

The Stated Clerk was directed to purchase for the use of 
Presbytery one hundred blank commissions. 

Friday before the second Sabbath in December was appointed 
for the installation of Rev. S. A. Stanfield, Pastor of the 
Church in Milton : — Rev. J. J. Smyth to preside and preach the 
sermon. Rev. C. K. Caldwell his alternate; Rev. J. Doll to 
charge the people. Rev. J. M. Kirkpatrick his alternate ; Rev. 
Wm. N. Mebane to charge the Pastor, Rev. J. W. Montgomery 
his alternate. 



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At 11 o'clock, the Presbjterial Sermon was preached by 
Rev. J. M. Atkinson, on "Family Government," from Gen. 
XVIII, 19th verse. 

Mr. Daniel McGilvary, a licentiate who had been dismissed to 
the care of the Presbytery of Fayetteville, signified his disposi- 
tion to remain under the care of this Presbytery, and returned 
the certificate of dismission which had been granted to him. 

Rev. E. W. Caruthers, D. D., appeared in Presbytery, gave 
satisfactory reasons for tardiness, and took his seat. 

Messrs. Craig and Scott obtained leave of absence from the 
remaining sessions of Presbytery. 

Rev. Simeon Colton, D. D. of the Presbytery of Fayetteville, 
being present, was invited to sit as a corresponding member. 

A paper on the subject of Domestic Missions was presented to 
Presbytery and read. Its consideration was made the order of 
the day for to-morrow morning, at 9J o'clock. 

The examination of Messrs. Russell and Jordan on Ecclesias- 
tical History, Church Government and the Sacraments, was 
sustained as part of trial. 

The Committee on the Latin Exegesis and Critical Exercises 
of Messrs. Russell and Jordan, recommended that they be sus- 
tained as parts of trial, which recommendation was adopted. 
The lectures of these candidates were referred to a committee, 
consisting of Rev. J. J. Smith and Rev. J. Doll. This Commit- 
tee recommended that they be both sustained as parts of trial, 
which recommendation was adopted. 

It was made the order of the day for 7 o'clock P. M., to hear 
the Popular Sermons of Messrs. Russell and Jordan. 

The Rev. Robert Burwell was, at his own request, dismissed 
from this Presbytery to join the Presbytery of Concord. 

The following Ministers and Ruling Elders were elected Com- 
missioners to the next General Assembly : Rev. J. M. Atkinson, 
with Rev. J. M. Sherwood, alternate ; Rev. A. Currie, with Rev. 
A. G. Hughes, alternate; Dr. Charles L. Payne, with Mr. J. H. 
Lindsay, alternate; Dr. J. Z. Davis, with Mr. Stephen Neal, 
alternate. 

The Chairman of the Historical Committee made the follow- 
ing report, which was accepted : 

The Committee appointed to write the history of Orange Presbytery, 



ID 

beg leave to make the following report of the progress made in the 
business assigned them ; 

In compliance with an order passed by Presbytery at its last sessions, 
a printed circular, containing most of the questions which we thought it 
important to have answered, has been sent to the Ministers and Ses- 
sions within our bounds, to which replies, some of which were pretty 
full and satisfactory, and others containing very little, have been re- 
ceived from the following Churches, viz : Clarkesville, Fairfield, Ge- 
neva, Spring Grrove, Grassy Creek, Nutbush, Shiloh, Graham, Raleigh, 
Newbern, Madison, Milton, Lexington, Penuil, Washington, Alamance, 
Greensboro, Yanceyville and Stony Creek. 

From the following no report has been received, viz : Bethany, 
Chapel Hill, Bethlehem, Murfreesboro', Hillsboro', Gum Grove, New 
Hope, Grier's, Cross Beads, Hawfields, Eno, Buffalo, Bethel, Spring 
Hill, Harmony, Oxford, Little Biver, Danville, Bethesda, Speedwell, 
Ashboro', Snow Creek, Pittsboro', Bed House, Louisburg, Milburnie 
and Gilead. 

From the amount of materials collected by the partial, and, we fear, 
not very enthusiastic efforts already made, your Committee think that 
you have ample encouragement to persevere, and that by a more zealous 
and pains-taking course of effort on the part of all the brethren. Minis- 
ters and Elders, we shall be able, if Providence permit, to make a more 
gratifying report at our next meeting. 

E. "VY. Caruthers, Chairman. 

This Committee was continued, and all the Churches that 
have not yet reported were directed to do so before the next 
meeting of Presbytery. 

The hour for the order of the day having arrived, Messrs. 
Russell and Jordan preached their trial sermons, which were 
sustained as parts of trial. All the trials of these candidates 
were then sustained. 

At Lexington, N. C, on the 19th day of October, 1857, the 
Presbytery of Orange having received testimonials in favor of 
George A. Russell and D. E. Jordan, of their having gone 
through a regular course of literature, of their good moral char- 
acter, and of their being in the communion of the Church, pro- 
ceeded to take the usual parts of trial for their licensure ; and 
they having given satisfaction as to their accomplishments in 
literature, as to their experimental acquaintance with religion, 
and as to their proficiency in divinity and other studies, the 
Presbytery did, and hereby do, express their approbation of all 



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these parts of trial; and they having adopted the Confession of 
Faith of this Church, and satisfactorily answered the questions 
appointed to be put to candidates to be licensed, the Presbytery 
did, aiid hereby do license them, the said George A. Russell and 
D. E. Jordan, to preach the Gospel of Christ as probationers for 
the holy ministry, within the bounds of this Presbytery, or 
wherever else they shall be orderly called. 

The Moderator, according to a custom of Presbytery, pre- 
sented each of the licentiates with a copy of the Holy Scriptures. 

Presbytery then adjourned, to meet to-morrow morning, at 9 
o'clock. 

Closed with prayer. 



Tuesday Morning, October 20th, 1857. 

Presbytery met, according to adjournment, and was opened 
with prayer. 

The Minutes of yesterday were read and corrected. 

The order of the day was suspended until 10 o'clock. 

The Stated Clerk was directed to have the Presbyterial report 
to the General Assembly printed in the Appendix to the Min- 
utes of Presbytery. 

The Free Conversation on the state of religion was made the 
order of the day for 3 o'clock this afternoon. 

A communication was received from the Presbytery of Mont- 
gomery, giving an explanation respecting the return of a com- 
munication formerly sent to them by this Presbytery, disclaiming 
any intentional disrespect. Whereupon, it was 

Resolved, That we approve the course pursued by our Stated Clerk 
in this matter, and are of opinion that he was right in laying before the 
Presbytery the whole correspondence. 

The order of the day was then taken up, viz : the considera- 
tion of the paper on the subject of Domestic Missions. After 
some discussion, the whole subject was referred to the Committee 
of Domestic Missions. 

The Committee on Education was discharged, and the follow- 
ing Committee was appointed, viz: Rev. Archibald Currie, Rev. 



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A. G. Hughes, Rev. A. Wilson, D. D., Mr. Giles Mebane and 
Mr. J. N. Clark. 

Rev. John W. Montgomery was authorized to organize a 
Church at Mount Airy, if the way be open. 

The order of the day, viz: the Free Conversation on the state 
of religion, was then taken up. 

The Committee on the Minutes of the General Assembly 
made the following report, which Avas accepted and adopted, viz : 

The Committee to whom was referred the Minutes of the General 
Assembly, report that they have examined them, and recommend that 
Presbytery call the attention of our pastors and congregations to the 
following particulars, viz : 

First — To overture No 14, page 38 of the Assembly's Minutes for 
1857, on the posture in public prayer, which is as follows : 

The Committee recommend that the Assembly repeat the testimony 
borne by them on this subject in 1849 : — That the posture of sitting in 
public prayer be considered grievously improper, whenever the iDfirmi- 
ties of the worshiper do not render it necessary, and that the ministers 
be required to reprove it with persevering admonition, which recom- 
mendation was adopted. 

Secondly — That it be recommended to all our Churches to observe 
the last Thursday of February in concert of united, earnest prayer, for 
the conversion of young men in our schools and colleges. 

Thirdly. In view of the present urgent appeals from the Boards of 
our Church, that greater efforts be made to increase the amount of our 
contributions. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a minute in reference to 
the death of Rev. E. Mitchell, D. D., presented the following 
report, which was accepted and adopted : 

The Committee appointed to draw up a minute in reference to the 
death of Rev Elisha Mitchell, D. D., would report that — 

Inasmuch as it has pleased God to remove from us suddenly, by a 
mysterious providence, our beloved brother, Elisiia Mitchell — 
nearly thirty-six years a member of our Presbytery, and for thirty-nine 
years a Professor in the University of North CaroHna, having filled 
successively the chairs of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chem- 
istry, Mineralogy and Geology — it becomes us, whilst we deplore our 



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weighty loss, to submit humbly to the stroke laid upon us. Let us re- 
member that we are now taught in this providence that the time is 
short, and that no loveliness, nor usefulness, nor learning, can exempt 
us from the solemn call that soon awaits each of us. 

We recommend that a copy of this minute be sent to the family of 
our deceased brother, with the hearty sympathy of this Presbytery. 

Wm. N. Mebane, Chairman. 

Dr. D. C. Mebane obtained leave of absence from the remain- 
ing sessions of Presbytery. 

The hour for the order of the day having arrived, the Chair- 
man of the Committee of Domestic Missions made a report, 
which was accepted and adopted, and ordered to be filed away 
with the papers of the said Committee. 

An adjourned meeting of Presbytery was appointed to be held 
in Pittsboro', on Friday evening before the second Sabbath in 
December, to ordain Mr. Willis L. Miller, sine titulo, and to 
license Mr. Charles Phillips, if the way be open, and that the 
Rev. Joseph M. Atkinson preside and preach the sermon, and 
Rev. A. Wilson, D. D., give the charge to the Evangelist. 

Proverbs, xxiii. 26, was appointed as the subject for Mr. 
Miller's trial sermon. 

The following arrangement was made for the ordination of 
Mr. Daniel McGilvary : — Rev. James Phillips, D. D., to preside 
and preach the sermon. Rev. J. J. Smyth his alternate ; Rev. 
William N. Mebane to deliver the charge, and Rev. F. N. Wha- 
ley his alternate. 

1 John, II. 6, was appointed as the subject of Mr. McGilvary's 
trial sermon. 

The Committee on the narrative of the state of religion made 
a report, which was accepted and adopted. This report was 
ordered to be forwarded to Synod. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Presbytery be tendered to the 
citizens of Lexington for their kind hospitality to its members during 
these sessions ; to the trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for 
the use of their house of worship, and to the directors of the Central 
Railroad, for their liberality in giving return tickets over their road. 



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The minutes were read and approved. 

The Presbytery then adjourned to meet in Charlotte, N. C, 
during the sessions of Synod, at the call of the Moderator. 
Closed with singing, prayer, and the Apostolic benediction. 

J. DOLL, Stated Clerk, 



Charlotte, ^ C, October 22d, 1857. 

Presbytery met at the call of the Moderator, and was consti- 
tuted with prayer. 

Rev. P. H. Dalton presented a certificate of dismission from 
the Presbytery of Concord, and after the usual examination, he 
was received as a member of this Presbytery. 

The Committee of Domestic Missions reported the following 
list of supplies, which Avas accepted and adopted, viz : 

Lexington — Messrs. Dalton and Smyth. 

Hillsboro' — Messrs. Wilson, Russell, Hughes, Currie and J. Phillips. 
Johnston — Messrs. Miller, Faucette, Currie and Atkinson. 
Spring Hill — Messrs. Hines, Whaley, Stanfield and Kirkpatrick. 
Chapel Rill— Mr. Smyth. 

Mount Airy — Messrs. Montgomery, Caldwell and Caruthers. 
Stony Greek — Messrs. Montgomery, Wilson and Lynch. 
Beaufort — Mr. Sherwood. 

Grassy Creek — Messrs. Faucette, Hines and Ferrill. 
Roxhoro^ — Mr. Stanfield. 

Winston — Messrs. Doll and Dalton. 
Hillsdale — Mr. Mebane. 

Rev. A. G. Hughes was authorized to organize a Church at 
Haywood, in Chatham Co., if the way be open. 

The appointment of Washington for the place of the next 
meeting of Presbytery was re-considered, and Hawfields was 
siibstituted for Washington. 

Presbytery then took a recess to meet at the call of the 
Moderator. 



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October 2Srd, 185T. 

Presbytery met at the call of the Moderator, and adjourned 
to meet at Pittsboro', N. C, on Friday before the second Sab- 
bath in December, 1857, at 7 o'clock, P. M. 

Closed with prayer. 

J. DOLL, Stated ClerL 



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MINUTES 



OF THE ADJOURNED MEETING 



AT PITTSBORO'. 



Pittsloro\ K a, Dec, 11th, 185T. 

Presbytery met, according to adjournment, and was opened 
with a sermon from Psalm 102d, 16th verse : " When the Lord 
shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory." 

Constituted with prayer. 

Present : Rev. A. Wilson, D. D., James Phillips, D. D., Rev. 
A. G. Hughes and Rev. J. M. Atkinson, with Messrs. W. J. 
Bingham, R. Mcintosh and Charles Phillips, Ruling Elders. 

Rev. A. G. Hughes was chosen temporary Clerk. 

Presbytery then adjourned, to meet to-morrow morning at 9 
o'clock, A. M. 

Closed with prayer. 



Saturday Morning, December 12th, 1857. 

Presbytery met, according to adjournment, and was opened 
with prayer. 

Members present as above. 

The examination of Messrs. Willis L. Miller, Daniel McGil- 



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vary and Charles Phillips was then taken up ; the first two 
"with a view to their ordination, and the latter with a view 
to licensure. These brethren were examined on their experi- 
mental acquaintance with religion, their motives for seeking the 
sacred office, on theology. Church history, and the sacraments. 
These examinations were sustained as parts of trial. 

Mr. Philips then read a Latin Exegisis. Also, a Critical Ex- 
ercise on Acts, 7th chapter, 54th to 60th verses, both of which 
were sustained as parts of trial. 

Mr. McGilvary preached a sermon on 1 John, li. 6, which was 
sustained as part of trial. 

The candidates were then examined on Church Government, 
which examination was sustained as part of trial. 

A call for the pastoral services of Rev. Willis L. Miller was 
presented to Presbytery from the Church of Pittsboro'. This 
call was placed in the hands of Mr. Miller, and he having sig- 
nified his acceptance of the same. Rev. A. G. Hughes was 
appointed, in connection with previous arrangements, to deliver 
a charge to the people. 

The time for the next regular meeting of Presbytery at Haw- 
field Church was changed from Wednesday, the 21st day of 
April, 1858, at 7 o'clock P. M., to Thursday, the 22d day of 
April, 1858, at 12 o'clock M. 

Mr. Charles Phillips read a popular sermon from 1 Peter, I. 
1-5, which was sustained as a part of trial. 

Mr. Willis L. Miller read a popular sermon from Prov. xxiil. 
26, which was sustained as a part of trial. 

All the trials of Messrs. McGilvary, Miller and Phillips were 
then sustained as a whole. 

In the absence of Rev. W. N. Mebane and his alternate, Rev. 
F. N. Whaley, the Rev. James Phillips, D. D., was appointed to 
deliver a charge to Mr. McGilvary. 

Rev. James Phillips, D. D., was appointed to preside and 
propose the constitutional questions at the licensure of Mr. 
Charles Phillips. 

At Pittsboro', N. C, on the 12th day of December, 1857, the 
Presbytery of Orange having received testimonials in favor of 
Mr. Charles Phillips, of his having gone through a regular 
course of literature ; of his good moral character, and of his 
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being in the communion of the Church, proceeded to take the 
usual parts of trial for his licensure ; and he having given satis- 
faction as to his accomplishments in literature, as to his experi- 
mental acquaintance "with religion, and as to his proficiency in 
divinity and other studies, the Presbytery did, and hereby do 
express their approbation of all these parts of trial; and he 
having adopted the Confession of Faith of this Church, and 
satisfactorily answered the questions appointed to be put to can- 
didates to be licensed, the Presbytery did, and hereby do license 
him, the said Charles Phillips, to preach the Gospel of Christ as 
a probationer for the holy ministry, within the bounds of this 
Presbytery, or wherever else he shall be orderly called. 

Presbytery then adjourned until to-morrow morning at 11 
o'clock. 

Closed with prayer. 



Sahhath Day, Dec, lUJi, 1857. 

Presbytery met, according to adjournment, and was opened 
with prayer. Present as above. 

The Moderator preached the ordination sermon from Matt. 
13th chap., 33d verse. 

Mr. Willis L. Miller having passed a satisfactory examination, 
and having answered in the affirmative the questions required by 
our Form of Government, the Presbytery did by prayer, and 
with the laying on of their hands, according to apostolic ex- 
ample, solemnly ordain him to the holy office of the Gospel 
Ministry. 

The Presbytery at the same time also installed him Pastor of 
the Presbyterian Church in Pittsboro'. 

Rev. A. Wilson, D. D., charged the Pastor, and Rev. A. G. 

Hughes delivered a charge to the people. 

Mr. Miller then took his seat as a member of Presbytery. 
Presbytery took a recess until 7 o'clock P. M. 



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At 7 o'clock P. M. Presbytery met, and Rev. James Phillips, 
D. D., according to a previous arrangement, presided and 
preached the ordination sermon, from Eph. iv, 13-15. 

Mr. Daniel McGilvary, having passed a satisfactory examina- 
tion, and having answered in the affirmative the questions re- 
quired by our Form of Government, the Presbytery did, by 
prayer and with the laying on of their hands, according to apos- 
tolic example, solemnly ordain him to the holy office of the 
Gospel Ministry as an Evangelist, with a view to his entering 
upon the work of a Missionary in Siam. 

Rev. James Phillips, D. D., delivered a charge to the newly 
ordained Evangelist. 

Mr. McGilvary then took his seat as a member of Presbytery. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Presbytery be tendered to the citi- 
zens of Pittsboro' for their kind hospitality to its members during these 
sessions. 

The Presbytery then adjourned to meet at Hawfields on Thurs- 
day, the 22d day of April, 1858, at 12 o'clock M. 

Closed with prayer and the Apostolic Benediction. 



J. DOLL, Stated Olerh